"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

I'm an
Alcoholic Yeti
in the
TTLB Ecosystem

Monday, April 14, 2008

Here's Lookin' at You, Kid

We'd not heard of "visual sexual aggression." But apparently you can't be too safe:
Those who peer at children in public could find themselves on the wrong side of the law in Maine soon.

A bill that passed the House last month aims to strengthen the crime of visual sexual aggression against children, according to state Rep. Dawn Hill, D-York.

Her involvement started when Ogunquit Police Lt. David Alexander was called to a local beach to deal with a man who appeared to be observing children entering the community bathrooms. Because the state statute prevents arrests for visual sexual aggression of a child in a public place, Alexander said he and his fellow officer could only ask the man to move along.

"There was no violation of law that we could enforce. There was nothing we could charge him with," Alexander said.
Most scare references to Orwell's 1984 are exaggerations, but this seems only a small step away from pure Thought Crime. You don't have to actually do anything, you just have to be looking.

In the future, medical advances may permit us to identify embryos with a genetic predisposition to particularly disfavored antisocial acts (like gun ownership, religious belief, or the like) and permit early intervention. That's certainly what Margaret Sanger had in mind.

More HERE.

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